Posted Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 8:00 AM
Image credit: Charlie McDonnell
My friend Charlie McDonnell is pretty cool. Coollike, even, which is his YouTube handle. He’s been making short, quirky, funny videos for a while now, and no matter what he talks about they’re engaging, silly, and fun.
A little while back he started making short science videos, and they’re great! He sent me a note recently saying he was doing one on Saturn and would I please check it out for accuracy?
Well, duh. And it was easy, since he pretty much got it all right (I basically just gave him some details that might be fun to add). Here’s the result:
Isn’t he adorable? I swear, when he’s a grizzled 50-year-old standing on his porch in a bathrobe yelling at kids walking across his yard he’ll still be adorable.
Another reason I like Charlie is he really is a science nerd, as all people should be. I was in London a couple of months ago to film a documentary, and met up with him and another friend (Hi Teek!) for a day at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, which was fun. We found a book I liked.
And one final note: another reason to like what Charlie’s doing is because he has a long reach. Check out the number of views on that Saturn video, and keep in mind his audience is mostly young folks (while we were walking the streets of London town, we were stopped several times by teenagers who love his videos and wanted to get their picture taken with him). These are precisely the people who need to find their own love of science, and Charlie’s doing a fantastic job of reaching them.
Image credit: Phil Plait
And also, he’s adorable, which I may have mentioned, and a genuinely nice guy. Go watch his videos.